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Poetry   20 Books
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War Poems by "X" (i.e. T.W.H. Crosland). 1st Ed., viii+96pp. Martin Secker. Oct. 1916.  #56357
[HLMainPic] Dedicated to "The Artists' Rifles... in the First Battalion of which I have many friends." Reilly p.100. Orig. red cloth with paper sp. label, minor wear, near VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
BRERETON (Frederick) Comp. An Anthology of War Poems. Intro. by Edmund Blunden. 2nd Imp., 191pp. Collins. 1930  #42048
A wide selection of the soldier poets. VG.   £16
CANDOLE (Alec de) A Rubaiyat of the Trenches. By de C. [i.e. Alec de Candole]. 1st Ed., 63pp. 195x117mm, Fawcett & Co. 1917  #58356
[HLMainPic] A long narrative poem. Alec Corry Vully de Candole was Ed. at Marlborough, left in 1916 to be commissioned in the Wiltshire Regiment, wounded with the 4th Bn. in Oct. 1917 then attd. 49th Bn. MGC, and was Killed in Action in France on 3rd September 1918. He was twenty-one and is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension. Blue paper covd. boards with white cloth backstrip & paper label to front, VG. [Not in Reilly]. See illustration on our website.   £95
COOPER (Capt. James Fenimore, Capt., FA, NA) Afterglow. 1st Ed., 98pp. portrait frontis. New Haven: Yale UP. 1918  #40226
Poems of Yale graduate who became a Capt. in 308th Fd. Arty. US Army but died of pneumonia in Camp Dix, NJ, in Feb. 1918. Rather worn ex-Yale Univ. Lib.   £10
COOPER (Eric Thirkell) Soliloquies of a Subaltern Somewhere in France. 3rd Imp., orig. dec. wraps., 52pp. Burns & Oates. Oct. 1915  #53706
[HLMainPic] Poetry from the trenches by an officer of the 2nd Bn. London Regt., Royal Fusiliers, T.F., VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
DENNYS (Richard [Molesworth]) There Is No Death. Poems by Richard Dennys. With a Foreword by Desmond Coke. 2nd Ed., 110pp., 195x138mm, portrait frontis. John Lane, Bodley Head. 1918  #58519
[HLMainPic] War and other poetry, with a biographical note by Captain Desmond Coke (a pre-war friend who was coincidentally adjutant of his battalion). Captain Richard Molesworth Dennys was Ed. at Winchester and Bart's, qualifying as a surgeon, but did not practise medicine, working instead with Gordon Craig on a theatre project in Florence. He was commissioned in 1914, 10th (Service) Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, became a company commander during service in France; wounded at Contalmaison, Somme, 12th July 1916 and Died of Wounds at the British General Hospital at Rouen on the 24th inst. He is buried in St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, and was thirty-two years old. 1st Ed. was published in 1917 & neither is easily found. Orig. green cloth, gilt, sp. dull, overall somewhat rubbed & worn but sound. [Reilly p.110].   £90
FUSSELL (Paul) Ed. Sassoon's Long Journey: An Illustrated Selection from Siegfried Sassoon's 'The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston.' 1st Ed., xx+180pp., 174 photos. &c. VG in dw. Faber. 1983  #50289
[HLMainPic]   £10
HIBBERD (Dominic) Wilfred Owen. A New Biography. 1st Ed., xix+424pp., 57 photos., 8 maps, 9 drawings. VG in dw. W&N. 2002  #39368
Important biography with much to offer.   £10
LEDWIDGE (Francis) Last Songs. With Introduction by Lord Dunsany. 1st Ed., 80pp. Herbert Jenkins. 1918  #57995
[HLMainPic] Final volume of works by the Irish poet killed serving as a corporal with the 1st Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at 3rd Ypres on 31/7/17 (having survived service with the 5th Service Bn. at Gallipoli). He is buried in Artillery Wood Cemetery, north-east of Ypres. Includes poetry written in France & Flanders in 1917. Lord Dunsany, who provided the introduction, served as an officer in the 5th Battalion. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
LEE (L/Cpl. Joseph, 1/4th Black Watch) Ballads of Battle. 1st Ed., x+102pp., 17 drawings by the author. VG in chipped dw. John Murray. 1916  #58471
[HLMainPic] War poems & appealing drawings of characters, billets &c. After service in France (his bn. was attached to the Indian Corps) in 1915-16 Lee was commissioned in the KRRC & taken PoW at Cambrai in 1917. Orig. printed paper covd. boards with red cloth sp., gilt, near fine in sl. chipped dw (small loss at foot of sp.) & scarce thus. See illustration on our website.   £95

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